Homewood trustees welcome new economic development director

Kamya Cave, left, and Bailey Sheridan work selling 
lemonade at the Homewood Farmers Market 
on Saturday. They were among volunteers 
raising money to help local science teacher 
Ric Druse, whose house was destroyed by 
a tornado in June.
(Photo by Eric Crump/
HF Chronicle)

The heat helped. The cause helped. And the sale pitch helped. 

“You look like you could use some lemonade,” was one line used by Kamya Cave, Bailey Sheridan and other volunteers who offered cold lemonade to patrons at the Homewood Farmers Market on Saturday, July 18. In the 90-degree heat and high humidity, they got a lot of takers.

Their goal was to raise $200 to help their former science teacher, Ric Druse, and his family. The Druse family lost their home in a tornado that hit Coal City on June 22.
“We beat that the first hour,” Sheridan said.


By noon, the students had raised nearly $500. 

“We just wanted to help out because we thought it was really unfortunate,” Cave said. “He was a great science teacher.”

A fundraising campaign on gofundme.com had raised $25,399 toward a $25,500 goal as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Ric Druse Tornado Relief Fund

Related stories:
James Hart teacher’s home destroyed by Coal City tornado (HF Chronicle, June 24, 2015)
Community rallies around Hart teacher whose home was destroyed by a tornado (HF Chronicle, July 17, 2015)


(Video by Eric Crump/HF Chronicle)



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